Former National Security Agency employee and famous whistleblower Edward Snowden has been in Russia since fleeing the United States.
Snowden is now asking French President Emmanuel Macron to grant him asylum.
According to The New York Post:
Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency whistleblower who leaked classified documents detailing secret surveillance programs, is pleading with French President Emmanuel Macron to grant him asylum in France.
Snowden, who is currently under political asylum in Russia, appealed to the French leader on Monday during an interview on the country’s Inter radio, saying that he “would love to see Macron roll out an invitation.”
“Protecting whistleblowers is not a hostile act,” the former Central Intelligence Agency contractor said. “Welcoming someone like me is not an attack on the United States.”
The 36-year-old, who’s wanted in the US for espionage, was previously denied asylum in France when he applied under former French President Francois Hollande.
Snowden alerted Americans to the surveillance practices the government was employing. Some see him as a hero for individual liberties and alerting of government overreach. Others see Snowden as a traitor.
He has been in Russia since 2013.